Paris is always a good idea

June 3, 2013 in Best of Both, memories, relationships, travel, vacations, Work-Life Balance by MyBestofBothWorlds

In my book, there is nothing like traveling. Kaitlyn named her photo album Paris is always a good idea and I would agree.

Pat Conroy said, “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”

Paris is always a good idea!

 

In September of 2011, we were on a Girl Scout camping trip, when my friend and co-leader said she was planning on surprising her girls which are the same age as mine with a trip Paris for the winter break in February.   Jeannine said it was just a girls trip and her husband wasn’t going.  And then she said, why don’t you and girls come with us.  At first I thought she was just kidding around.   So my response was yeah sure no problem and laughed.  However she was serious.  And then I thought about it.  My husband told me he had absolutely no desire to travel to Paris and I thought maybe.  Then I thought to myself what do my girls, then seventeen and twelve “really” need for Christmas?!?  So after discussing it with my DH I booked it too!

 

Montmartre

Christmas morning, Santa Claus brought Sean Eddie a Toy Story bike and a pile of presents.  However there wasn’t nearly such a substantial mound for the girls.  They each got a box that had a special envelope attached to the top-that instructed them to read the enclosed packet together.

The first page said, “Pack your bags!” The next page said, “Girls Trip!”  The next page said, “You need a passport!”, followed by, “You are going to Paris with your BFF’s!!”  The screaming, hooting and hollering followed by hugging was intense.  They each got guide books, hand warmers and matching scarves and barrettes to wear too.

Besides seeing the Eiffel Tower, one of my favorite spots was Montmartre.  We visited and spent an enter day there.  It was Sunday and even got to go to a high mass at the  Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.  It was an amazing service, spoken mostly in French of course.  however there were booklets that we could follow along with in English. After mass, the town and the performers, artists and people came out in droves.

Rack of lamb

La Mere Catherine in Montmartre was where we had our best meal too.  The rack of lamb, the live music and the fantastic company of my daughters made this not only a great meal, but a wonderful memory.

worth the wait on the long line-FRENCH BREAD!

 

I need to  mention the French bread, out of this world!! As a matter of fact we brought back eight loaves and used them sparingly over the time.  When my Mom traveled to Paris with my Aunt Peg to Paris this last year, she brought us back bread!  It was “the best” souvenir!

As far as the eye can see the Versailles estate goes on & on

Going to Paris in the “off season” of February meant that the Palace of Versailles was not in its most splendorous state, however even with the statuary covered, the lack of blooming flowers and the fountains empty it was spectacular none the less.  I could only imagine how phenomenal it would look in the summer.

Outside Versailles the Golden Gates

We spent a whole day touring the palaces.  The Hall of Mirrors was amazing and fun.  Of course we got silly while there!

Taking a group selfie!

All I can say is Marie-Antoinette was a lucky lady and loved!  King Louie XVI basically recreated a whole entire town village for her so she could “esacpe the pomp” of the grand palaces.

Stopping to eat baked potatoes from the cart vendor

We had another great meal, but nothing like the fancy meal described above.  We ate baked potatoes while at the the Petite Trianon.

Such a fun trip!  I love to look at the pictures and recall what a great time we had together.  Benjamin Disraeli said “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”  What I remember are the good times and that Paris is always a good idea.

What are some of your favorite travel memories?